Mississippi has hit a record no one wanted to see. There have been 10,000 deaths related to COVID-19. Many families are mourning the loss of their loved ones. Thirty-four new deaths were reported to the Mississippi State Department of Health from Aug. 9-Oct. 21 elevating the state’s fatality total to 10,024. MSDH also reported 555 new positive test results for Oct. 22-24, bringing the state’s total to 501,652 cases of the coronavirus.

The average number of deaths in Mississippi for 2017-2019 was 32,526 annually.

According to MSDH, 2,941,645 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered statewide with 1,362,265 people fully vaccinated. Vaccinations currently are being offered to all Mississippians who are 18 years old and older with the exception of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, which can be received by those 12 years and older.

Booster shots are now available for anyone who received their second dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccines at least six months ago, while those who received a Johnson & Johnson vaccine may get a booster just two months after their first shot.

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